DeMbare woes mount

HARARE - Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa gave a strong hint that all is not well at the Glamour Boys after his side toiled to a home draw against Castle Lager Premiership debutants Bulawayo City yesterday.

This was the Harare giants’ sixth game on the trot without a win to pile pressure on Mutasa with the DeMbare executive now on the verge of wielding the axe.

With reports that Mutasa is not seeing eye-to-eye with a number of senior players at the club, the Glamour Boys’ coach reacted by dropping captain Stephen Alimenda, defender Sydney Linyama, forward Roderick Mutuma, midfielder Denver Mukamba and goalkeeper Tatenda Mkuruva.

Mutasa’s gamble, however, failed to pay dividends and almost backfired after forward Sipho Ndlovu cancelled a Masimba Mambare first half strike to force a draw.

Bulawayo City also had a goal disallowed in strange circumstances by referee Brighton Chimene in stoppage time.

“Here and there in a game of football people play on merit no wonder why every day we train and it’s the way you train that determines the way you play,” Mutasa said after the match.

“I wouldn’t want as a coach to talk about sabotage or things that my eyes don’t see but what is very important for this institution is to look at the way the youngsters behave or train and those who have got the zeal to don the blue and white jersey are the ones you saw today and you will see them going forward.

“Obviously, in a game of football you play six games and nobody would want to play and lose a match.

“Every coach would want to field a winning team and we pick players on merit. If you look at how Dynamos have been playing there is no consistency.

“If you look at who has been playing it’s those same guys who did not play today and if you put yourself in my shoes would you keep on putting on those same players to play?

“You need consistency at training, in terms of behaviour and in terms of how you execute things.

“You can only have it on the field of play when you do well at training. It was an element of picking those who were ready for this particular match.

“Going forward, even those who did not play well if they do well at training they will play because they are still part of Dynamos.”

On his team’s performance Mutasa said: “We took the lead and we gifted them with a goal and failed to execute chances that came our way. It’s the same old story where we are failing to score as much as we should.

Mutasa’s game plan was disrupted by two injury-forced substitutions to his son Wisdom, who was making his DeMbare debut, and to goalkeeper Tonderai Mateyaunga.

DeMbare had began the match well looking for an early opener and were rewarded on 15 minutes after Mambare reacted quickly inside the box.

Bulawayo City keeper Ndodana Sibanda parried Ocean Mushure’s curling free-kick from the right side and Mambare scored from the rebound.

Mkhokheli Dube thought he had equalised for the visitors on 28 minutes but his effort was somehow ruled out for offside.

City continued to press for an equaliser and were rewarded for their efforts six minutes from the breather when Sipho capitalised on some sloppy defending by Dynamos to beat Mateyaunga.

In the second period, Dynamos’ rhythm was affected after injuries to Wisdom Mutasa (67 mins) and later on Mateyaunga (75 mins) who were pulled off.

Bulawayo City interim coach Try Ncube was happy with the point picked.

“We were playing away from home and I have to say I am happy with the point collected although I preferred three points,” Ncube said.

“Going forward, we want to collect as many points as possible.

“This league is tough there is a lot of competition down there.”

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